SINGLETON, James Washington (1811-1892)

SINGLETON, JAMES WASHINGTON, a Representative from Illinois; born in Paxton, Frederick County, Va., November 23, 1811; attended Winchester (Va.) Academy; moved to Mount Sterling, Brown County, Ill., in 1834; studied medicine and practiced; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1838 and commenced practice in Mount Sterling; engaged in agricultural pursuits; elected brigadier general of the Illinois Militia in 1844 and took a conspicuous part in the so-called Mormon War; delegate to the State constitutional conventions in 1847 and 1861; member of the State house of representatives 1850-1854; moved to Quincy, Adams County, Ill., in 1854; was again a member of the State house of representatives in 1861; was appointed in 1862 by Governor Yates as a member of the commission to confer with the British and Canadian authorities on the establishment of continuous water communication between the United States and Canada; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1868 to the Forty-first Congress; constructed the Quincy & Toledo and the Quincy, Alton & St. Louis Railroads and served as president of both companies; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); returned to his farm near Quincy, Ill., and engaged in farming; moved to Baltimore, Md., about 1891, and died there on April 4, 1892; interment in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, Frederick County, Va.

Old Dominion University Archives
Norfolk, VA
Papers: 1769-1972. ca. 4,500 items.
Family and other papers. Unpublished finding aid in repository.

  • Singleton, James Washington. The remarks of Jas. W. Singleton, of Quincy, before the Circuit Court of Adams County, Illinois, on announcing the death of the Hon. O. H. Browning, and the presentation of the proceedings and resolutions of respect. [Quincy]: N.p., 1881.